How to set up lighting at home when you have no budget

How to set up lighting at home when you have no budget


Hi everyone! My name is Roman and you’re
watching the Movavi vlog. In this episode, I’ll be joined by Maria.
Please, welcome her! Not long ago, Maria decided to record a video
greeting for a friend. Seems like an easy task She set up her camera, stood against
a wall and started shooting. This is what she got… I decided to help Maria a bit by giving her
some tips on lighting setup. This is the result we achieved… Makes a huge difference, right? To get this effect, you don’t need to buy
any special equipment! You can find everything you need around your home. Today I’m going to give you 5 tips that
will let you achieve effective lighting for your video with no budget. Let’s get to it! Tip number one. Position yourself at a window,
not against a wall. Step forward. Keep some space between you
and the wall. That will help to not only avoid unwanted shadows on the wall, but also separate
you from the backdrop. Looks much better in the videos. Don’t have fancy studio lights? Don’t
worry! The cheapest source of light is the window. Use it! Turn off the ceiling lights – those tend
to make it worse. Instead, take position yourself by the window so the light hits you from the
side. For shooting, I’d choose either a cloudy
day or morning or evening light. If you’re shooting on a sunny afternoon, the light might
be too flat. In this case, you might want to use thin light-color
curtains or a net curtain to diffuse the light. Tip number two. Use manual camera controls. If your camera supports manual settings, use
them. Set the Shutter Speed to 50. Try to keep the
Aperture lower, as this lets you create a brighter frame. It’s better to keep the
ISO below 400 to avoid noise in the video. But if the frame is still somewhat dark, you
can increase it a bit. Also, don’t forget about the White Balance.
I’ve recommended to Maria that she choose a ready-made preset called “cloudy”.
Finally, remember to set the correct focus on the subject. If you’re recording a video on your phone
or tablet, you can install a special app that lets you set these parameters manually. But, I’d say, this is not necessary most
of the time. The only thing that really matters is that the camera settings aren’t changed
while you’re recording the video. To do this, just use the Auto-Exposure Lock
to keep the exposure and focus consistent during shooting. Tip number three. Create Fill Light. Currently, the light from the window is creating
a harsh shadow on the other side of Maria’s face. Let’s soften it a bit.
The easiest way to do this is to reflect the same window light. I’ve promised not to
use any special equipment, so I take regular aluminum foil from the kitchen. Now, I hang
several sheets against the window so the light is reflected back on to the other side of
her face. Nice! Don’t worry if you don’t have any aluminum
foil. You can substitute any white fabric, a piece of foam plastic, or even white sheets
of paper. Tip number four. Add Back Lighting and Practical
Lighting. The following trick is often used in professional
studios. I’m going to show you how to make it at home without any special equipment. Take a regular lamp, put it behind you and
direct the light on to the back of your head. This light helps separate you from the backdrop
even more. It looks really cool within the frame! This is called Back Lighting.
To make the backdrop less dull, take any low-level source of light and shine it somewhere on
the background. Fairy lights are a great idea! They make the shot nice and festive. Tip number five. Tweak the color correction
settings when you’re editing. For better results, I recommend using the
color correction setting in your preferred video editing program. In this case, I’m using Movavi Video Editor. I’ve increased the brightness, contrast, and shadows a little bit and add some saturation. Also, I’ve applied this color filter. This is how we’ve achieved a much better
end result without using any special equipment. The video looks much better now. What do you
think, Maria? Follow these simple tips and you’ll have
a great-looking video thanks to improved lighting – and no need to buy expensive equipment! If this advice was helpful to you, please
tell us how you’ve used lighting to improve your videos in the comments section below. Can’t wait to make a video like Maria has?
Don’t forget to watch this episode first, where I tell you about 5 mistakes people tend
to make when they start shooting videos. Subscribe to Movavi’s channel, watch the latest videos, and learn more about video making and montage! See you soon, bye!


29 thoughts on “How to set up lighting at home when you have no budget

  1. It's not nice how I just started it and I got the free trial for 7 days and I don't like the water mark like When U got the trial you should be able to do what pros do but when it ends then the water mark shows up….

  2. I just found this problem when I editing my video with a weird photo, it does help me to resolve this issue in the future. Thanks for your advices!

  3. These are great tips! I have all of these items in my home right now, so it will be super easy to help upgrade my lighting! Thanks so much

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